Joy Reid hammers Anderson Cooper and all of CNN over defense of town hall

MSNBC’s Joy Reid threw a hissy hit on Friday over CNN’s Anderson Cooper having defended his network’s decision to platform former President Donald Trump for a town hall.

As previously reported, a day after CNN’s town hall with Trump, Cooper launched into a long lecture about why CNN was in the right to host a town hall with him. The thrust of his argument was that Trump is running for office and might very well win, and that ignoring his existence won’t change this fact.

Cooper also rightly noted that roughly 50 percent of Americans are conservatives who support Trump, and that just pretending they don’t exist won’t work either.

Reid evidently disagreed.

Listen:

She began her argument by accusing Cooper of having erected a strawman.

“Now that is what you call a straw man argument. Especially [when] the only two options available to you are listening to a former president mock a woman a jury found that he sexually abused while the audience laughs and applauds or pretending 74 million Americans who voted for Trump don’t exist,” she said.

She added that the American people “didn’t need a Trump pep rally on CNN to understand what Trump is,” since “he literally posts his garbage views on his fake Twitter every day” and “every media outlet reports on it.”

“We get it, a lot of people like it and vote for it. But we don’t need CNN, or John Malone, or Elon Musk, or Anderson Cooper to lecture us about how we should be forced to endure it, or that we should just get used to it. Because some of us actually know that that stuff is wrong,” she said.

So according to her, it’s “wrong” for CNN to remind its viewers that it’s important to be tolerant of the 50 percent of Americans whom she and her ilk disagree with.

She continued by responding to reports that CNN propagandist Oliver Darcy got in trouble with CNN executive Chris Licht for reporting about the internal backlash over the Trump town hall.

“You have Oliver Darcy, who is a journalist they employ, who is their media person since they booted Brian Stelter – they thought he was too left somehow,” she said. “Oliver Darcy comes out and does something that you would think would be allowable inside a news network that doesn’t have an agenda. He criticized the platform that was provided to Trump and the way it was provided.”

FYI, Darcy is even more left-wing than Stelter. So much so that in a recent newsletter, he referred to a former Fox News host as a “right-wing extremist.”

Dovetailing back to Cooper’s lecture, it began with him acknowledging the concerns of the far-left.

“Before we begin with tonight’s broadcast, I want to say something about what we witnessed at last night’s town hall,” he began.

“Many of you have expressed deep anger and disappointment. Many of you are upset that someone who attempted to destroy our democracy was invited to sit on a stage in front of a crowd of Republican voters to answer questions and predictably, continued to spew lie after lie after lie. And I get it. It was disturbing,” he continued.

Cooper continued his lecture by reminding leftists that, no matter how much they hate Trump, he’s still the GOP frontrunner going into the 2024 race.

“Now, many of you think CNN shouldn’t have given him any platform to speak. And I understand the anger about that – giving him the audience, the time. I get that,” he said.

“But this is what I also get. The man you were so disturbed to see and hear from last night? That man is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president. And according to polling, no other Republican is even close,” Cooper continued.

He added that Republicans represent “half the country.”

“They are your family members, your neighbors, and they are voting. And many said they’re voting for him,” he said.

He continued by also stressing that, hate him or love him, Trump may very well win the 2024 race.

“Now, maybe you haven’t been paying attention to him since he left office, maybe you’ve been enjoying not hearing from him thinking it can’t happen again. Some investigation is going to stop him. Well, it hasn’t so far,” he said.

“So if last night showed anything, it showed it can happen again. It is happening again. He hasn’t changed and he is running hard,” he added.

Note that Cooper never said that leftists were obliged to watch the town hall. Instead, he simply pushed back on the idea that it was somehow morally and ethically wrong to platform the guy who could very well be America’s next president …

Vivek Saxena

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